The main focus of Religious Education at St John the Baptist is to help students develop and live out their calling to Catholic Discipleship.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay exist to educate and form young people in Catholic discipleship: offering them experiences of following Jesus as members of the Catholic community. This educational activity is not simply a human activity; it is a genuine Christian journey of faith. It is within this environment of faith that children are offered an education that develops the whole person, an education in being Catholic.’ Bishop David Walker, 2004)
At St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School the teaching of Religious Education is in accordance with the Diocese of Broken Bay K-12 Religious Education Curriculum. This outcomes based curriculum, is divided into five strands which include;
God, Revelation and Human Destiny
Jesus, Human and Divine
Church and Discipleship
Prayer and Sacraments
The focus of Religious Education at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School is developing students as Disciples of Jesus who live out the Gospel messages in their everyday life. This is achieved by helping students understand the meaning of Catholic Discipleship in a contemporary context through the study of Scriptures using the historical-critical method. The call to action as Catholic Disciples, students further develop and enhance their Catholic Character building positive relationships with others and know they can individually make a positive difference as global citizens of the world.
The Catholic Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are Parish based Programs. Children are prepared for each Sacrament by their parents with the assistance from the Manly Freshwater Parish Sacramental Team. Each year students in Year Two make their Confirmation. Year Three students make the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.